Delve deeper into the story of Waitangi and our nation’s history with these helpful resources.
The Treaty in English and Māori
Petition about lawlessness
Discover the 1831 petition from 13 chiefs to King William about lawlessness.
He Whakaputanga - Declaration of Independence
Following is a selection of significant people – Māori and European – who were associated with the making of The Treaty of Waitangi.
New Zealand History online: Hōne Heke
New Zealand History online: Te Ruki Kawiti
New Zealand History online: Tāmati Wāka Nene
Te Ara: Eruera Maihi Patuone
Te Ara: Pomare II
New Zealand History online: James Busby
New Zealand History online: William Colenso
New Zealand History online: William Hobson
New Zealand History online: Jean Baptiste Pompallier
New Zealand History online: Henry Williams
Te Ara: Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi
Te Ara: Te Rangitopeora
New Zealand History online: Rere-o-maki
New Zealand History online: Hongi Hika
Te Ara: Pomare I
Te Ara: Ruatara
Te Ara: Te Pahi
Te Ara: Samuel Marsden
Te Ara: Thomas Kendall
What Really Happened at Waitangi?
View the TVNZ programme Waitangi – What Really Happened? on YouTube
National Library of New Zealand Resources
The following topics are selected from the Topic Explorer page on the National Library of New Zealand website.
We have selected topics that are relevant to what is onsite at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, including Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources, including websites, images, videos, books and more, to support and inspire inquiry.
Events around Anzac Day, as well as the formation of the ANZACs, and how the Gallipoli campaign became culturally significant for New Zealand and Australian societies.
Colonial Life in New Zealand
1769-1914; includes European discovery of New Zealand, contact with Māori, New Zealand wars, Pākehā colonisation, social life, economy, politics and major events of the time.
The age of exploration, and voyaging, famous explorers, and Kupe’s discovery of New Zealand.
Famous New Zealanders
Famous New Zealanders, heroes, inventors, scientists, singers, writers, sportsmen, sportswomen, musicians and artists.
First meetings between Polynesian cultures (particularly Māori) and European explorers.
Heroes and Superheroes
Bravery and achievements in war, peace, sport, science and community, including heroes such as Dame Whina Cooper and Sir Āpirana Ngata.
History of Wellington
The Māori myth behind Poneke and its landmarks, like the Beehive and Te Papa, as well as historical events.
Immigration to Aotearoa
Starting with the arrival of Māori, explore migrants, refugees, journeys, transport and what has made New Zealand a popular migrant nation.
Mythical Māori heroes like Maui, and Kupe, famous warriors like Willie Apiata and Hōne Heke, historical figures like Princess Te Puea and Sir Āpirana Ngata.